Regents to Consider Special Course Fee, New Business Policy Statement


The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider a special course fee for a graduate level nursing practicum and a new freedom of expression policy statement when it meets Sept. 25.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. and will be held in the University Center (UC) Ballroom on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. Due to social distancing guidelines, attendance in the UC Ballroom will be limited to Board members, agenda presenters and required personnel only. A webcast for the public will be accessible via the Board of Regents webpage at

The meeting will begin with a swearing-in ceremony for Lauren Kohn, who was appointed earlier this summer by Missouri Gov. Michael L. Parson to serve as the student representative to the Board of Regents. Kohn replaces Luke M. LeGrand, whose term on the Board ended earlier this year.

The Regents will consider a special course fee that will take effect with the spring 2021 semester to be added to a graduate level nursing practicum.

Several report items are on the agenda, including the University President’s Report from Southeast President Carlos Vargas; a student presentation from Andrew Behrmann, a senior double majoring in biomedical sciences and chemistry; Student Government report from Logan Phillips, president of Student Government; Faculty Senate Report from Dr. Laura Hatcher, chair-elect of Faculty Senate; Athletics SEMO Redhawk Football update from Tom Matukewicz, head football coach; Fall 2020 census enrollment report update from Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success; a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects from Kathy Mangels, outgoing vice president for finance and administration, and Dr. Brad Sheriff, vice president for finance and administration; an FY21 Operating Budget to Actual Report and FY20 Final Budget to Actual Report, also from Mangels and Sheriff; a summary of a 2020 System Facilities Refunding Bond Issuance, also from Mangels and Sheriff; and a Lift for Life performance contract update from Southeast Provost Mike Godard.

The Board will consider a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations included in RSMo 610.021 related to litigation; hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel; discussion of a public governmental body for negotiations with employee groups; contract negotiations; and personnel records and performance ratings.

When the open session reconvenes, the Regents will announce actions taken during closed session; consider appointing Dr. Brad Sheriff, vice president for finance and administration, as Treasurer of the Board of Regents; consider approval of a new freedom of expression policy statement; and hear a legislative report.

The final item of business will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.

No announcements of actions will be made following the meeting.

The Board agenda in its entirety can be reviewed at